I used to use Pidgin for my instant messaging. Most of my contacts are (were) using Windows Live Messaging (WLM).
Last year Pidgin stopped working with WLM so I switched to Trillian.
This has worked fine up until now. Looks like Microsoft have either changed their protocols again or cut the WLM service altogether - replaced it with Skype I believe.
I don't want to use Skype - I prefer the simplicity of Pidgin and can chat most of the other IM services from the one program.
What Instant Messaging Service should we switch to which will work with Pidgin?